Shropshire Council

Shropshire's local further education providers

There are many providers offering further educational provision including:

  • Sixth form colleges
  • Training providers
  • 16-19 academies
  • Further educational colleges
  • School sixth form schools
  • Specialist sixth form schools
  • Specialist colleges

Young people are expected to remain in education until the age of 18 to be supported to achieve their best possible educational outcomes with the resources available, in preparation for their adult life. This will include high quality careers advice

Colleges and training providers offer bespoke study programmes and specific student support for young people with additional needs, special education needs and/or disabilities.

Colleges and training providers provide full time and part time study programmes with a range of study options, including vocational, academic (GCSEs and A levels), supported internships and traineeships. All study programmes will include enrichment activities. They also offer apprenticeships and progression to some local higher educational study. Many colleges offer onsite training, working in environments that are open to the public, such as restaurants or hair and beauty salons.

Below is a summary of the colleges and training providers in and close to the border of Shropshire.

Shrewsbury College Group

Formed in 2016 by the merger of Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology and Shrewsbury Sixth Form, the college offers specific learning support for students with special educational needs and/or specific needs. These may include school orientation visits, bespoke pastoral and learning support, development of independent study skills through one-to-one sessions with an assistive technologist, and assistance to explore or use a range of assistive technologies. Bespoke study programmes are offered at their three campuses:

  • London Road Campus – vocational and academic qualifications offered in hairdressing, beauty, catering, travel and tourism, construction, business, accounting, sport, public uniformed services, art, performing arts, fashion, photography, engineering and many more
  • Welsh Bridge Campus– academic qualifications including maths, applied science, law, history, English, chemistry and many more subjects
  • English Bridge Campus – academic and vocational qualifications specialising in the arts

For more information about the college please visit the Shrewsbury College's group website, you can view the college policies here.

Herefordshire and Ludlow College

Hereford

Two campuses: the LRC and the Business and Technology Centre. They offer courses in:

  • Hairdressing and beauty
  • Catering
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical and electrical engineering
  • Electronics
  • ICT
  • Computer-aided design
  • Motor vehicle engineering
  • Music technology
  • Electrical installation
  • Plumbing
  • Brickwork
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Furniture

Hereford and Ludlow College and County Training

The college offers specific learning support for students with special educational needs and/or specific needs. It offers vocational and academic courses, apprenticeships, supported internships and traineeships.

Ludlow

Three campuses in the town centre, providing bespoke study programmes in a wide range of A levels, GCSEs, BTECs and diplomas

Holme Lacy

Study in commercial farming, forestry, animal care, equestrian studies and rural crafts.

County Training

Provides additional specialist learning support based on your needs. They'll support you with tutoring that's adapted to your learning style in small groups with pastoral support. You'll be allocated a named keyworker who will help you during your study programme.

County Training has bases in Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Whitchurch, Telford, Ludlow and Hereford. They provide personalised and bespoke study programmes in a range of work-based training and work-ready provision, including apprenticeships, traineeships, supported internships and the advance study programme that helps you explore your career options through extra support, work experience and vocational tasters.

For more information please visit the college’s websites:

North Shropshire College

Offers a bespoke transition programme from school and orientation visits. Bespoke pastoral and learning support based upon a young person’s needs, with many of the practical elements of the study programmes being fully accessible or adapted for learners with specific support needs across their five campuses:

  • Oswestry – offers a variety of vocational courses and BTEC qualifications. Professional cookery qualifications with the use of a commercial restaurant, hair and beauty with access to the commercial salon, construction, plumbing, electrical, business, IT, maths, English, early years, health, science and many more
  • Walford (near Baschurch) - offers land-based courses, extensive facilities in equine, agricultural farming and an exotic animal care unit. The specialist independent living department offers independent living skills programmes. For more information please visit the college’s website.

Telford College

Telford College is a new organisation following a merger between Telford College of Arts and Technology and New College, Wellington. It offers individualised transition programmes for young people with additional needs. Additional support and accessibility arrangements may include assistive technology, learning support (across all areas at all levels) and pastoral support. 

  • Haybridge Campus – offers a wide range of vocational and technical courses: hospitality and catering, childcare, automotive, beauty, applied health business, administration, construction, creative studies, digital technology and IT, engineering, electrical, hair, health and social care, computer graphics, criminology public services, sport, travel and tourism, law, media, music, outdoor education, performing arts, science, sport and exercise science, and travel and tourism
  • King Street Campus –offers a wide range of A levels in biology, business studies, chemistry, computing, economics, English, fine art, film studies, French, geography, history, law, maths, media studies, photography, physics, psychology, philosophy and ethics, sociology, and theatre studies

For more information please visit the college’s websites:

Nova Training

Nova Training operates from 29 locations, including Bridgnorth, Wolverhampton, Hereford, Kidderminster and Telford. It offers apprenticeships and study programmes including traineeships. Study programmes include maths, English and ICT training.

Vocational training is also offered in:

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry
  • Painting and decorating
  • Plumbing
  • Plastering
  • Warehousing
  • Retail
  • Sales
  • Hospitality
  • Customer service
  • Business administration
  • Hairdressing
  • Beauty therapy
  • Motor vehicle maintenance

For more information please visit Nova Training’s website.

Juniper Training

Juniper Training has 13 centres, including Wolverhampton, Telford and more recently Market Drayton. It offers:

  • Apprenticeships, traineeships, and supported internships
  • A short 29 week study called ‘Mint’ that incorporates work experience and/or a BTEC extended certificate in work skills. The course also includes functional and employability skills
  • Workskills BTEC extended certificate incorporating employability, confidence building and interview/CV skills
  • Lifeskills (currently delivered at Telford) including mindfulness, cookery, healthy lifestyles, shopping and budgeting

For more information please visit Juniper’s website.

There are also two specialist colleges within Shropshire:

Find out about independent special schools and support from the Gov.UK webpages.

For more information on online virtual learning please have a look at the Nisai Virtual Academy website